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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Recognizes Brandon Slayton of Crossville as 2018 Congressional Art Competition Winner

May 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement announcing Brandon Slayton, a senior at Cumberland County High School in Crossville, as the winner of the 2018 6th District Congressional Art Competition:

“I am pleased to congratulate Brandon on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. His entry will proudly represent Tennessee’s 6th District in the halls of the U.S. Capitol over the next year, where it will be seen and enjoyed by visitors from around the world. I am proud of Brandon and all of this year’s talented participants for sharing their God-given talents with their community,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Congressman Black’s office also extends congratulations to this year’s runners up, whose artwork will be featured in each of Congressman Black’s district offices over the next year:

  • First runner up: Christene Marchitto, Portland High School – The Mind
  • Second runner up: Lena Marie McCaslin, Pope John Paul II High School – A Portrait of the Inspector

Slayton’s winning entry is entitled Enduring Freedom,” receiving over 570 votes. A panel of judges selected six finalists, and the final round of voting was held on Congressman Black’s Facebook page. Winners were determined by which piece of artwork received the highest number of “likes.”


The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition. The grand prize winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year, and two runners up will have their work displayed in each of Congressman Black’s district offices.


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.